Claude Oscar Monet began the painting Green Reflection in 1920 and continued to work on it until his death in 1926. Later in life Monet began to work using large-scale panels, many depicting his beloved lily pond in his garden in Giverny. This particular work was done in two panels—this being the left half of the painting—each panel is designed to stand on its own or as part of the diptych. Green Reflection is a peaceful representation of Monet’s pond. He used a dark color palette, with tonalities of blue and green, as well as some specks of pink and yellow. Many of these larger artworks were divided and today are spread throughout the world in different museums and art collections.
After an extensive period of continental travel in the first years of the 1880’s, Monet settled with his new wife Alice and their children forming a family home in the village of Giverny in 1883. At first, Monet's garden was merely a resource for flowers to study and paint in periods of bad weather. Soon other likeminded individuals, who had distanced themselves from the frenetic pace of Parisian city-life and retired to the country, took an interest in the emerging practice of gardening. Previously an occupation for workers and professionals, gardening became a hobby for leading members of the French intelligentsia such as Octave Mirbeau and the artists Gustave Caillebotte and Camille Pissarro. These friends were soon exchanging their methods and cuttings, and Monet’s expertise in horticulture grew.
As his fame and sales of his works grew, Monet was able to expand the size and scope of his garden. Influenced by the aesthetics of Japanese woodcut prints, he soon acquired a small pond, creating a water feature and bridge in the Japanese style, filling the pond with water lilies. Reinspired by these garden features, he produced new paintings some of which were displayed in an exhibition in 1900.
The Japonism that influenced much of Europe brought with it a stillness and a connection to nature of cultural importance. The Impressionists embraced this state of mind, and this is reflected in their work.
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